Anger about a Facebook post led to a man being charged with assault by pointing a gun and the seizure of three handguns and a rifle from his apartment, police said in a search warrant returned to court clerks.
The incident happened May 11 outside the Sun Suites hotel at 3215 Capital Blvd., police said.
Detectives charged Brandon Christopher Beauchamp, 26, with two counts of assault by pointing a gun, a misdemeanor, after they went to his apartment at 4112 Cross Creek Court about 7:15 p.m. on May 15.
Detective S.A. Goree, who requested the warrant that was returned to the Wake County Clerk of Courts office on Wednesday, wrote that the victim in the case said Beauchamp was upset about a Facebook post and said, “You aren’t so tough now, are you?” while pointing a “MAC-10-style” gun at the man.
The warrant said Beauchamp’s Facebook page showed a video of Raleigh police stopping his car the day before the search and had Beauchamp saying they were “checking his gun.”
Patrol officers told Gorsee that Beauchamp did have a gun, he wrote, but it was not like the one witnesses described his having a few days earlier.
A MAC-10 is a machine pistol that can hold magazines with up to 50 rounds in them.
The man with the gun on May 11 got out of a car while the man who was threatened was walking to his room, Goree said.
The victim and a witness identified the man with the gun as Beauchamp, and gave police a license plate number. The 2006 Chevrolet is registered to Beauchamp’s brother, Larry, Goree wrote.
In the apartment, the returned warrant stated, police found two 9mm handguns, a .22-caliber rifle and a “small-caliber” revolver. It said one of the 9mm guns was a MAC-9, a semi-automatic version of the MAC-10.
Beauchamp was released on bail and is due for a court hearing on June 5, records show.